Homesick Drogba finds life tough in England

19th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 18 (AFP) - Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has admitted he has found it hard to settle in at Stamford Bridge and would not rule out an eventual return to Marseille in France.

PARIS, May 18 (AFP) - Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has admitted he has found it hard to settle in at Stamford Bridge and would not rule out an eventual return to Marseille in France.  

Drogba was a reluctant EUR 33 million transfer from the Mediterranean side to London last season but he has had an indifferent season even though Jose Mourinho's side won the Premiership title and he scored 16 goals.  

"It's true to say that I feel a little bit homesick," said the Ivory Coast player whose career had been based in France prior to moving to England.  

"Life in England is not all that easy for me to adapt to. It's so different and it can get to you.  

"On the other hand I have had some great moments like the celebrations at Stamford Bridge when we won the championship."  

Drogba also said that Chelsea's style of play did not always suit him and that a succession of injuries had dampened his spirits.  

He also insisted that emotionally, he felt very close to Marseille where he enjoyed spectacular success in the 2003/2004 season after moving to France's best supported side from lowly Guincamp.  

"Marseille is close to my heart," he said. "I said that when I left Marseille and I have not changed my opinion in the last few months.  

"You cannot explain love. I have won a championship medal in England and one day I want to win a championship medal in France."  

Drogba did have praise however for Mourinho saying that the Portuguese coach had always been very supportive of him.  

"All I know is that the coach fully trusts me. He's shown it throughout the season.  

"When I was not injured I was a regular first-team member.  

"Mourinho has always backed me up. He knows better than anyone what I brought to the team. He knows I have always given my best to Chelsea.  

"He is grateful for that and he knows, like me, that I will be even better next year."  

Drogba's agent Thierno Ceydi insisted that the striker was not ready to move just yet. "He'll return one day to Marseille but not just yet, he's at Chelsea now. Full stop," Ceydi told French radio.  

"We're going to try and find a solution. At Chelsea he isn't in a small club. What he's losing out on concerning lifestyle in London he is gaining on at a sporting level."

© AFP

Subject: French News

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